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Summer Fête

July 14th, 2014 by Ian in News

SLC fete 2

Fran, along with other staff and many of our students, organised a Summer Fête in conjunction with St Paul’s Playgroup. This was weeks in the planning, with students making lots of wonderful items including this incredible playhouse.

Kinder cottage

The turnout was fantastic and we raised a lot of money for SLC and St Paul’s. These pictures don’t convey quite how busy and bustling the fête was.

SLC fete

I was so very proud of everyone. We are a little Centre – at this time of year we have fewer students than the average single class in a mainstream school – yet thanks to Fran and everyone else we were able to put on something like this.

Garden Project

June 26th, 2014 by Ian in News

Working in the garden

We are very excited about the progress that’s being made with our garden here at SLC. The project was started a long time ago with some rough plans drawn by students. The old tarmac was ugly and didn’t create a good environment for anyone to spend breaks in. Our new garden is a lovely place to sit and is providing lots of opportunities for learning in D&T, Science and other subjects already. We’re also very pleased to be able to start working with the playgroup and local residents. We hope that in time this will become a place that all the community can enjoy.

Last week Gary and Elleshameadow started planting in the beds of the new garden. The idea is to have beds containing flowers, vegetables and herbs. We thought to plant the flower bed first to get some colour into the garden. Next term we hope to build a pizza oven and barbeque.

Magnificent Ladies of Sherborne!

June 23rd, 2014 by Ian in News

Ladies of SLC Race for Life

Well done Fran, Natalie, Cassie, Louise, Elleshameadow and Jasmine!

They all completed the 5k run for Race For Life, running as the Ladies of Sherborne, to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

We are all very proud of them.

Race For Life we did it

Ofsted: We’re officially good!

May 23rd, 2014 by Ian in News

Sherborne Learning Centre transforms pupils’ lives. One pupil said ‘This place is good for second chances’, and she was right. Parents and carers speak highly of the way in which members of staff help pupils to get on with others and get back on track with their learning. Leaders and managers have a very clear vision for the school and all staff share a sense of purpose and a high level of commitment to the pupils.

This is the first paragraph of our latest Ofsted inspection and we couldn’t feel more proud.

The inspection took place on 13-14 March. Inspections are much harder now and many schools are finding that, despite improving, they are moving down a category. It is particularly hard for settings like ours, as we are assessed using the same framework that is used for mainstream schools. So we were very pleased to maintain our ‘Good’ rating. Of course, we feel we are actually very good!

Our key areas for improvement were fair and we are already working on them.

You can see the entire report here.

Race for Life

May 20th, 2014 by Ian in News

Race for Life

Fran, Natalie, Jasmine, Elleshameadow and Cassie are all running for Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

The race is 5km long and takes place on Sunday 22 June.

You can sponsor the Ladies of SLC on their Just Giving page. Please support the Ladies and help raise money to fight cancer!

Christmas Time

February 13th, 2014 by Ian in News

Cassie is having a poem published!

Christmas trees, cold breeze
be careful out there you
might freeze.
Warm homes, snow domes,
Laughter and cuddles in a loving zone.
Christmas dinner, presents are a winner,
Have a cheeky kiss under the
mistletoe, be a little sinner.
Loving family, sitting calmly,
Celebrating Christmas as the snow
settles gently.

Well done Cassie!

Nelson Mandela

December 14th, 2013 by Ian in News

Following on from our work in class on Nelson Mandela the year 11s took time out of their trip to the theatre to visit Nelson Mandela’s plinth on the South Bank.



November 7th, 2013 by Ian in curriculum, News


This term the art room has been dedicated to investigating Cubism, and in particular, the works of Picasso and Braque. They have been comparing the styles of both these artists and looking at the differences in their work.


The KS3 groups have been learning about geometrical drawings and collage and the KS4 groups have been studying Picasso’s ‘ Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’.

Here is a taster of some of the work that has been achieved.



Den building and bacon sandwiches in the woods

September 27th, 2013 by Ian in News


On Monday KS3 decamped to the woods to do follow up work related to our “shipwrecked” topic.

We built our own dens and foraged as Robinson Crusoe must have done although we did have the luxury of a trangia cooker and a couple of packets of bacon.

We decided we could cope with being shipwrecked if we had enough bacon for bacon sandwiches. As one of the boys said, “it’s the smell isn’t it. It gets you every time.”

Talent for Writing Competition

September 6th, 2013 by Ian in News

Cassie Sharp was one of the English group who entered the National Young Writers creative writing competition.

Her brief was to create a short story using exactly 100 words. It’s not easy at all…you try it.


“Go on,” they dared, pushing her towards the broken door.
She squeaked, No! C’mon, don’t be stupid.”
They shook their heads and shoved her again. She fell inside the old putrid house. The boys pulled the door shut; they held the door so she couldn’t get out.
“Lemme out!” she screamed. She was banging on the door, in tears, when suddenly the boys stopped laughing.
“Guys?” she called out.
A floorboard creaked behind her. She turned slowly to see an old mummified woman standing there: her yellow teeth stained with blood. The monster stared at her, whispering “hello…”

Well done Cassie.